KILLEEN (October 12, 2013)—Funeral services have been scheduled for three local pastors who died in an accident as they drove back to Killeen from the Austin airport Thursday evening.
Terry Whitley (left), Jan Whitley and Steve Timmerman died in the crash. (Church photos)
Terry Whitley, 65, was the senior pastor at Grace Christian Center, which he established three decades ago.
His wife, Jan, 63, and Timmerman, 56, were associate pastors at the 2,000-member church.
Services for Terry and Jan Whitley will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Killeen Civic Center at 3601 South W. S. Young Dr.
Services for Steve Timmerman are at 12 p.m. Thursday at Grace Christian Center in Killeen with burial at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on State Highway 195 in Killeen.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. next Wednesday at the Chisolm's Family Funeral Home on South Old FM 440 in Killeen.
The accident happened at around 6:30 p.m. Thursday on northbound State Highway 130 near Pflugerville outside of Austin after a tire blew out on the van in which the three were riding.
The van overturned and began rolling, coming to rest in the southbound lane of the highway.
Terry Whitley was ejected and Jan Whitley was pinned in the van.
Witnesses tried reviving the victims, but were unsuccessful.
They both died at the scene.
Timmerman, who was driving, was taken to Round Rock Hospital with critical injuries and later died.
Grace Christian Center’s website says at the time of the accident the three were on their way back from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport where Timmerman had picked up the Whitleys who had just returned from a trip to Bulgaria, where they did mission work.
Timmerman had served as the Killeen Fire Department’s chaplain since 2002, and city flags were lowered to half-staff Friday in his honor.
“The City of Killeen is greatly saddened by the loss of Chaplain Timmerman, who was a valuable member of our fire department for more than a decade,” said Mayor Dan Corbin.
“As a mark of respect, I have ordered City of Killeen flags to half-staff.”
“On behalf of the City of Killeen, I extend our deepest sympathy to the family, friends and congregation of Pastor Timmerman and Pastors Terry and Jan Whitley,” the mayor said.
City flags will remain at half-staff until sunrise on the day following Timmerman’s funeral.